Today's News

  • Williston Council approves 44-home subdivision plat

    A subdivision that was first platted over 11 years ago has resurfaced and drew unanimous support from the Williston City Council Tuesday night.

    Stonewall Subdivision, more than 18 acres of vacant land south of Camellia Plantation on SW 6th Avenue, was first started around 2007, according to its developer, Kentucky businessman Rick Reed. However, the economy tanked about that time, he said, and it would have been business suicide to finish the project. And so he waited.

    Now the time is right again and Reed said he wanted to finish what he started.

  • Dracula runs Oct. 19-28

    The Chief Theatre, home of the Suwannee Valley Players (SVP) in Chiefland will debut Dracula this Friday, Oct. 19 and have weekend performances through Oct. 28.

    Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee.Tickets are $12 each.

  • Beast Feast a big fundraiser for local schools

    By Sean Arnold


    The Levy County Schools Foundation helps direct more than $100,000 per year to Levy students and classrooms through grants and scholarships, a critical supplement for school funding in the district.

    On Saturday, Oct. 20, the LCSF is holding one of its two major fundraisers, the 9th Annual Beast Feast, at the Etheridge Produce Farm in Williston. Beast Feast features local civic and business leaders gathering to prepare and serve wild dishes such as frog legs, mullet and swamp cabbage.

  • Speeding leads to arrests for marijuana

    A traffic stop for speeding in the Williston Highlands landed two men in jail on drug charges.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and K-9 Division stopped the vehicle Oct. 3 and Deputy Park, assisted by Deputy Garboski and his K-9 partner Molly, inspected the exterior of the vehicle searching for the presence of drugs.

    Molly “alerted” Garboski the smell of narcotics was around the vehicle and the deputies conducted a search.

  • $10,000 in cigarettes stolen

    On Oct. 5, surveillance video captured images shortly after 4 a.m. of an unidentified individual and a blue Dodge pick-up truck at the Marathon convenience store located at 20551 NE Hwy 27 Alternate in East Williston. This unknown person smashed the front window and entered the store. It appears the suspect only was interested in cigarettes, as the store reports over $10,000 of Newport brand cigarette cartons were stolen.

  • Bronson gets FEMA grant

    The Bronson Fire Department has been awarded a FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant in the amount of $439,148.

    The grant application, written by retired Fire Chief Paul Anderson, an area resident assisting Volunteer Fire Chief Dennis Russell with administrative tasks at Bronson Volunteer Fire Department, requested funding for recruitment, retention, training and equipment for up to 18 new volunteer firefighters.

  • Man threatens to kill people at store

    A Williston man took a crowbar to the Dollar General store on East Noble Avenue before brandishing a gun on a man in the parking lot.

    According to a press release issued by Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow, Auxiliary Officer Charlz Caulwell reported a disturbance at the store around 12:38 p.m. Oct. 2.

    Caulwell is a civilian volunteer who patrols the city assisting on duty police officers and citizens when needed.

  • Deals go sour

    For months the Williston City Council has counted on the sale of the old high school property on Noble Avenue to help revive the downtown area and bring prosperity to the town.

    Tuesday night, City Manager Scott Lippmann hit the council with a one-two punch when he told council members the Orlando developer who had planned to buy the property had backed out.

    Lippmann said he had not discussed the matter with Williston Realtor® Cookie King, who is handling the property, but he hoped to have more information by the end of the week.

  • County millage rate increases 5.71 percent

    By Suzette Cook

    Staff Writer

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners adopted the 9.000 final millage rate for the fiscal year 2018-2019 on Sept. 18 during the evening public hearing.

    The new rate is a 5.71 percent increase over the rolled back rate of 8.514 and is a result of necessary increases in law enforcement costs, countywide personnel costs, fuel cost inflation and the need to erase the final remnants of the budget deficit that the county has been running under for the last five years.

  • Williston man charged with elderly person neglect; false imprisonment

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) arrested Alex Hernandez, 48, of Williston Sept. 24 for neglect of an elderly person and false imprisonment.

    Hernandez was the caretaker and living with a 67-year-old female who suffers from the early stages of dementia and COPD.